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Chandrayaan 2: NASA’s deep space network is helping ISRO to generate contact with lander Vikram


The mission Chandrayaan 2 is very important for India but at the same time, NASA also has a sharp eye on this mission as they are also planning to launch their satellite on the south pole of moon in mid of 2020. All the data collected by Chandrayaan 2 mission is similarly important for them. Thus, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram lander, reports news agency IANS. The move will help Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) establish communication with Chandrayaan 2’s moon lander Vikram and rover Pragyan housed inside it.

ISRO is making all possible efforts to re-establish contact with Vikram, which has a mission life of one lunar day. One lunar day equals to 14 earth days. According to the report, ISRO is trying to establish the link with the lander with its Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu near Bengaluru.

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Astronomer Scott Tilley, who found American weather satellite IMAGE in 2018 that was considered to be lost, said NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) has been beaming the radio frequency to the lander.

His station will continue to monitor for signals from the lander as long as the DSN continues to search for it, said the amateur astronomer. However, he added that the chances of his amateur station hearing a potential signal from Vikram are slim.

The US space agency’s DSN operator Richard Stephenson also confirmed on Twitter that the network is helping secure a communication link with the lander. Earlier, the US space agency had reportedly said it will share before and after images of the location where the moon lander made a hard-landing.

“NASA will share any before and after flyover imagery of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan-2 Vikram landing site to support analysis by ISRO,” NASA’s spokesman told The New York Times.


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